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USM to dedicate new Trent Lott Center

HATTIESBURG — A new facility, to be dedicated tomorrow at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), will serve as the hub of academic and outreach efforts for the institution’s ongoing focus on economic advancement. A dedication ceremony for the newly completed Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is set for March 5 at 5:30 p.m. ...

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Lawmakers approve school year option

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has voted to give school districts the option of keeping children in class five fewer days for each of the next two years. That would take the academic year from 180 days to 175. Districts also could remove five non-instructional days. Senate Education Committee Chairman Videt Carmichael of Meridian says shortening the school year would ...

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Budget woes threaten teacher stipends

JACKSON — Mississippi’s budget situation could result in some top teachers losing pay supplements. More than 200 Rankin County teachers and about 40 in Hinds County could lose their $6,000 annual National Board Certification stipend in the 2011 budget. The supplement is based on state funding, but Mississippi’s revenue collections are millions of dollars below projections. Administrators in those districts ...

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School superintendent gets axed

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Public School District has fired its superintendent. Charlie Kent had held the district’s top administrative job since July 2008. School board vice president Don Evans announced Friday that Kent was fired during a closed meeting Thursday night. Kent had no immediate comment when contacted Friday by The Meridian Star. The district’s accreditation was lowered in recent ...

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Merger out, consolidation in

MSU, MUW look to cut costs together While legislation that would have merged Mississippi University for Women (MUW) into Mississippi State University (MSU) did not pass out of the Mississippi Legislature this year, the two public universities have begun a State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)-directed consolidation of programs due to state budget cuts. The two universities have already struck ...

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Education funding a case for exceptionalism

Should Mississippi make an exception to education when it comes to budget-cutting? Even asking the question invites controversy.  Yet, now is the time that the question must be asked because the stakes are so high when it comes to the future of the state. And, now is the time that something exceptional must be considered by Mississippi’s besieged policy makers. ...

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No regrets

Limbert reflects on MUW presidency Dr. Claudia Limbert had been president of Mississippi University for Women (MUW) for a mere four months when a tornado ripped through the historic campus. It was a bad wind – literally and figuratively. “And, I was the university’s 13th president,” Limbert said with a laugh. It would be the first of many “storms” that ...

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District gets emergency declaration

OKOLONA — Gov. Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency exists in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District, authorizing the state Department of Education to take immediate corrective action. “After reviewing documentation provided by the state Department of Education, I am convinced that existing conditions in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District jeopardize the educational interests of the children ...

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Researchers focused on plant disease

STARKVILLE — Black root rot, a fungal disease that infects cotton and soybeans, may be affecting more soybean acres across the Delta, and Mississippi State University (MSU) researchers are working to prevent its impact. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers Gabe Sciumbato and Tom Allen have been conducting laboratory studies to learn more about the disease, which has not ...

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MVSU looking to boost enrollment

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) has faced some obstacles lately — lower enrollment, budget cuts and talk about mergers, for example — but one administrator says he has plans for turning things around. “We will be facing challenges based on the information presented about the possibility of merger and budget cuts, but we are working on a ...

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